INTERIOR DESIGNER NATE BERKUS says, “Your home should rise up to greet you,” but he’s not talking about piles of clutter that keep growing. Those facing this problem can turn to professional organizers like Nancy Nino, who helps people deal with stuff they don’t know what to do with.
Nino says disorganization stems from either “attachment to the past or fear about the future. If I’m holding onto too much stuff, I’m over attached to the past or I’m fearful of needing something in the future. People who have less stuff have less responsibility and clearer minds,” she says.
In blocks of three to four hours, she helps people with “chronic disorganization and others who have more situational disorganization. They’ve just moved, had a baby, gotten a divorce or gone through other life events and are disorganized as a result.”
She works with them to organize photos (print or digital), overstuffed bookshelves and kitchen cupboards, paperwork, supplies and more. Her basic rate is $50 an hour, but she charges up to $100 an hour, depending on the location and complexity of the project.
Nino says a professional organizer helps people avoid unnecessary spending on things they already have or wasting time searching for them. More important, she says, “The house looks better and … they don’t feel like they’re drowning in clutter anymore.”